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First Annual Pearl Schwartz Environmental Awards

The following is written by Jesse Burns, LWVNJ Director of Communications.

Recently I had the pleasure of joining the League of Women Voters of Ocean County as they honored three professionals whose work has benefited the environment. The “Pearl Schwartz Environmental Awards” is in memory of the passionate and committed work of League member Pearl Schwartz who passed away in 2010.

The reception was full of people who greatly admired both the work of Pearl and the work of the award recipients.  League member Sandy Potaski speaking of Pearl said “she best exemplified all that the League of Women Voters is about”. Sandy went on to mention that Pearl was an outspoken voice in Ocean County, attending Freeholder board meeting for over 20 years, registering voters, and encouraging residents to speak out and get involved.

It was Pearl’s passion for and commitment to the environment that led the League of Women Voters of Ocean County to honor her memory with this award ceremony.  The award recipients were William deCamp, Jr., Save Barnegat Bay, Dr. Michael Kennish, Rutgers University, and Kirk Moore, Asbury Park Press.

William deCamp, Jr.

William deCamp, Jr. is the chairman of Save Barnegat Bay, as well as a member of the League of Women Voters of New Jersey. His work with the non-profit Save Barnegat Bay has been instrumental in slowing the over development that threatens the bay.

Dr. Mike Kennish

Dr. Michael Kennish is a research professor at the Institute of Marine and Coastal Science at Rutgers University and an expert on the ecology of Barnegat Bay. He is the author of many books and papers and his scientific data and expertise has led to legislation and action to conserve the bay.

Kirk Moore

Kirk Moore is a longtime environmental reporter with the Asbury Park Press. His week long series “Barnegat Bay Under Stress” was award winning and is credited with raising public awareness of the issues facing the bay.

As each of these deserving recipients spoke of their own work, as well as the work of the League, I could feel the audience becoming energized and inspired. I knew Pearl would be proud.

Marilyn Morheuser Humanitarian Award

The following entry is written by Anne Ruach Nicolas, LWVNJ Executive Director.

Last week the League of Women Voters of New Jersey was pleased to receive the Marilyn Morheuser Humanitarian Award at an award ceremony hosted by the Education Law Center. I had the great honor of being in attendance, along with LWVNJ President, Anne Maiese, Advocate Sandy Matsen, Education and Fiscal Policy Chair Lindy Wilson, honoree Judy Cambria, and many other proud League supporters and staff. The award applauded the League’s work to assure that New Jersey school children are educated in physical facilities that are safe, healthy, and conducive to learning.

At the ceremony, Judy Cambria was honored for her central role in this effort and her insistence that children could not receive a “thorough and efficient” education in crumbling and dilapidated schools—something the courts agreed with.  As a result of the work of the League and Judy Cambria, hundreds of thousands of New Jersey’s schoolchildren are able to learn in safe and sound school facilities. Judy Cambria is a shining example of the power of an informed and active individual and epitomizes what it means to be a member of the League of Women Voters of New Jersey.

The League is grateful for this award and extremely proud of our accomplishments led by Judy Cambria and the LWVNJ Education and Fiscal Policy Committee.